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The tip that inspires me the most  a garden and save seeds for next year's garden.  We are going to do this as part of our home school curriculum this year. We have tried in the past and are not very good at gardening but this year we are incorporating it into school. 


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I like the idea of using cloth napkins, and also patching/repairing clothes, and cleaning the house in 10 minute bursts- that's the hardest one to remember lol! Ways that we already try to promote sustainable living in our home is purchasing almost ALL clothes secondhand from yardsales or consignment stores, using zero to minimal amounts of "disposable" items, and creating a large amount of household items and toys by hand. We try to live simply as best as we can! 

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We use cloth- towels and napkins. I loved all the ideas and am planning to incorporate more!
 

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I really like a lot of these suggestions and am already implementing many of them. The last one in particular, "Think big (theme-based learning, project-based learning)," is something I want to do more of with my kids.


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The "tip" that inspires me the most, is incorporating nature into learning.  One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is being able to have my children outside, exploring nature so, so much more on a daily basis than they would have in a traditional school setting.


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We've tried to live sustainably wherever we have been, both in the city and on our farm. Currently, we're pretty urban. We just moved here and now that we have our feet under us are building a garden for food crops. Saving seed is on the list for this and next year, especially tomatoes which are so easy to save. We are planting fruit trees and teaching our children (10, 8, 6 & 4) to help with the garden work. 

 

Another one that is very inspiring and close to my heart is: "Enjoy cheap entertainment like charades, board games, and make-your-own movies" This is so important to us. We are a board game and craft family. Yes, we have computers and use them, but we strive to be active in playing games, learning new skills, and enjoying face-to-face time with our kids. 

 

It can be hard to create new habits, but I look at it as a challenge, an exciting endeavor. 

 

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Love these ideas for sustainable living! We already to most of the household ones except for making our own clothes (I attempt to mend things but seriously need to work on doing more of that); love the idea of the wonder board. I know my son would fill that up...he already has so many questions every day...
 

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Love simple sustainable relationships. Our communication is so much better when we take the time to spend time together outdoors, playing games, going to parks, and just having fun without a screen in front of us!
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We do most of these already but we are working on asking for help when needed and accepting it gracefully

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In the name of sustainability, we use a manual lawnmower!
 

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Stop everything, make eye contact, and listen is my favorite since we often get caught up in the busyness of our lives and forget how important this is.

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We already do most of these things, but I really do need to learn how to save seeds! We spend a lot on seeds each year for the garden, not to mention the shipping cost to the environment!

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We do a lot of these already. One of the recent things we have done that goes along with "Write a letter or pick up the phone rather than sending an email or text" is to join an international postcard exchange program so we can send and receive some fun snail mail. We save all of the postcards we get and my daughter loves to find them in the mailbox.


 
 
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What a great list of ideas! We do many of these things already. We repair things or look to buy used or barter. We also started a garden this spring and while it is not as big as we would like it is a good start! We visit the library if we need a book instead of buying new and if I want to buy my girls a "new" book we head over to a thrift store and find books there. I have gotten in the habit of trying to use everything in my pantry to make meals before heading over to the grocery store, also we compost our food waste. We are currently living in a motorhome in an effort to pay of debt and live more simply. 

 

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"Stop everything, make eye contact, and listen"

 

This is such important advice, for our children, our partners, our family members...and it works wonderfully with my doula clients!

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I shared this article and giveaway on my fb page. Good stuff you all are doing both Mothering and Oak Meadow. So inspired by you both.

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I love all these tips! I'd say the 'cleaning for 10 mins at a time' is the most inspiring one for today. Can do!


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I really enjoyed the article on Tips for Sustainable Living. Usually when I hear sustainable I think of gardening and being well more sustainable but this article went further and talked about how to have sustainable "relationships"! I have really never consider this before. Some tips I enjoyed: #1 Write a letter or pick up the phone rather than sending an email or text (this was huge),
#2 Stop everything, make eye contact, and listen, #3 Play a game (cards, Scrabble, backgammon, tennis), #4 Make time for yourself. I plan to try all three of these this week.

We have been considering Oak Meadow over the past year but have been a bit hesitant to make the big jump into oblivion. I sure hope we win!
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I really like the idea of creating a sanctuary space.

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I love all of these ideas and would like to start to incorporate some of these easy ones into our daily rhythms ~ Hang laundry outside to dry, Use cloth napkins, (we already use cloth bags, and cleaning cloths),  Collect a dozen things you no longer need or use to give away, Clean the house in ten minute bursts.

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